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Christmas and All Other Holidays at the Red Cross

We’ve been seeing a lot of comments about the story in the Daily Mail about the British Red Cross’ alleged ban on Christmas. This story is erroneous – you can read the full explanation on the British Red Cross blog. Here is the official American Red Cross statement on the matter:

The American Red Cross has been receiving calls and inquiries about erroneous allegations concerning a “ban on Christmas” that are based on an eight-year-old story about the British Red Cross. Unfortunately, this 2002 story is circulating again on the Internet, causing some people to think it is a new development and prompting questions about the American Red Cross policy regarding holiday decorations in its facilities. The American Red Cross does not ban seasonal or religious décor in its facilities. In fact, in many Red Cross buildings this holiday season, visitors will see Christmas trees and menorahs along with items such Kwanzaa candles, wreaths, bows, garlands and other seasonal decor. While the neutrality of our organization does not allow the Red Cross to promote any specific religious belief, we welcome all of the celebrations of the season.

The image above is taken from the lobby of the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, DC. Happy Holidays!